Pharmacy Technician (Inpatient)
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|Employer:|| U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs|
Incumbent will answer routine questions when directed by supervisor of pharmacist regarding drugs stocked, availability of dosage sizes and readiness of medication. Assists all hospital personnel and patients at pharmacy window. Answers door bell and receives drug requisitions, prescriptions, etc. Accomplishes bulk manufacturing of IV medications, internal and external preparations that include fairly complex work by applying basic knowledge of compounding formulas without close supervision procedures. Pharmacist checks completed product. Repackages bulk items such as tablets, capsules, liquids, ointments, etc., using prepackaging and bar code labeling equipment, properly maintaining records related to prepackaging activities. In the event of computer malfunctions performs clerical duties to include typing of prescription labels, maintains current prescription files, and uses electric equipment for filling and retrieving prescriptions and records workload information. Receives prescriptions from veterans at the inpatient pharmacy window and hands out finished prescriptions to veteran beneficiaries (performed after the outpatient pharmacy has closed). Obtains all ancillary products from Logistics or other areas as required. Performs allied general duties, such as cleaning of equipment/glassware, refrigerator and maintaining the orderliness and cleanliness of the area to which assigned. Effectively communicates a variety of information to patients and/or professional personnel often working under stressful situations. Receives photocopy orders via facsimile. Date and time stamp orders as directed. Separates and routes orders to appropriate areas for the pharmacy in a timely manner. Effectively performs a full range of inpatient drug distribution duties. These include stocking of medication carats, delivery of medication parts to floors, filling ward orders and monitoring expiration dates of pharmacy stock. Sets up medications and/or prepares IV orders upon request of the pharmacists. Fills, pharmacy requisition orders from nursing units, clinics and other authorized areas. Replenishes crash carts and upon request by pharmacist will replenish crisis baskets. Records drugs used in crisis on appropriate forms or documents. Delivers crisis medications in emergencies in absence of pharmacist or upon request of pharmacist. Sorts IV's by unit. Packages and sends IV's and other items to the appropriate unit. May be required to carry pharmaceuticals to floors in times of emergencies or unforeseen equipment malfunctions. Inventories and sorts IV solutions, injectable medications, supplies and other necessary items for next shift. Replenishes other needed medications and other supplies in other areas of the inpatient pharmacy. Appropriately records all shortages and periodically reports such information to purchasing/prepackaging pharmacy technician. Obtains necessary items from storage areas in the purchasing section. Assists in the stocking of drugs, solutions, supplies and other items received from supply and other areas. Types labels for hyper alimentations as transcribed by pharmacist, when computers are down. Uses pharmacy computer to generate all labels for IV medications. Runs ward labels, manufacturing lists and active order lists as required. Operates and performs routine maintenance on the FASTPACK machine and all mechanical equipment used in the pre packing areas. Sorts and restocks returned medications. Performs as ancillary specialty technician when required, such as controlled substance specialty duties, advanced IV compounding duties, procurement functionality, troubleshooting prepacking equipment, or other specialty technician duties as assigned. Helps stock Omnicell machines throughout the medical center and on-site locations. This includes running reports, pulling stock, delivering medications and stocking machines. Takes care of outdated drug stock in accordance with proper return procedures in order to maximize credit through the returns company including paperwork for returned medication. Performs nursing unit inspections.
Creditable Experience. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the scope of pharmacy technician practice.
Quality of Experience. To be creditable, pharmacy technician experience must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.
Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a pharmacy technician is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacy technician would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.
Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:
Education or Experience. Completion of 1 year of post-high school coursework related to medicine (e.g. chemistry, biology, college mathematics, etc.), or successful completion of a 1 year accredited pharmacy technician training program, or 6 months of general experience, that may have included experience in another medical field (licensed practical nurse, laboratory technology, etc.). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1 . Ability to maintain appropriate files.
2 . Ability to prepare sterile compounds under supervision.
3 . Ability to communicate with patients and other health professions.
Assignments. Employees at this grade level serve in a pharmacy technician/aide training level position.
Education or Experience. Successful completion of 2 years above high school with courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology, or 1 year of general experience that may have included experience in another medical field (licensed practical nurse, laboratory technology, etc.) Successful completion of a course for medical technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or hospital training obtained in a training program conducted by the Armed Forces or the U.S. Maritime Service under close medical and professional supervision is creditable on a month-for-month basis for general experience. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1 . Ability to process and fill prescriptions under supervision.
2 . Ability to operate and maintain dispensing equipment.
3. Ability to operate pharmacy information systems.
4 . Ability to maintain appropriate files.
5 . Ability to prepare sterile compounds under supervision.
Assignments. Pharmacy technicians at the GS-4 level perform all duties expected of employees at the GS-3 level; however, they are expected to exercise greater judgment, require less supervision, and to operate in accordance with all established policies, procedures, and techniques.
Education or Experience. Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree that included at least 24 semester hours of courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology; successful completion of pertinent specialized training courses in pharmaceutical and pharmacy services while serving in the Armed Forces is creditable on a month-for-month basis up to the 1 year of experience required for the GS-5 level; or at least 1 year of experience at the next lower level that demonstrates the core competencies (KSAs) described at the GS-4 level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1 . Ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment.
2. Knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique.
3 . Knowledge of basic inventory procedures.
4 . Knowledge of pharmacy information systems.
5. Customer Service
6. Skill in Effectively communicating Orally
7. Knowledge of Computer Skills
Assignments. This is the full performance level for pharmacy technicians. Employees at this grade level serve as staff pharmacy technicians receiving little guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex patients and procedures, and require minimal supervision.
NOTE: If you meet the qualification requirements, you will be rated against other eligible applicants, based on your online questionnaire and supporting documents to determine if you qualify for the position, then referred to the selecting official for further review. If a panel is to be convened, Best Qualified candidates will be referred and contacted by the panel if they choose to interview. Since your rating will be based primarily on your responses, please be specific on actual duties performed or education received.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References :VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G28, Pharmacy Technician at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm .
Physical Requirements:Pharmacy Technician Functional Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13 to 16; Hearing (aid permitted)